Sale 1106 — 2015 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 June, 2015

Category — 1857-60 Issue

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3042°
c
Sale 1106, Lot 3042, 1857-60 Issue3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Tied by large "Paid" grid cancel, red "Boston Mass. Jun. 3" double-circle datestamp on multicolored Etna Laboratory, Holden, Cutter & Co. of Boston, fireworks advertising cover to Fryburg Me., with additional colorful illustration of balloon at right, red "Agents for Sanderson, formerly of Sanderson & Lanergan's Safety Superior Fireworks" printed on top of design, with small enclosure with Holden & Cutter advertisement, stamp with tiny tear at lower left and bottom right corner affected from placement at edge of cover

VERY FINE. A PHENOMENAL MULTICOLORED ADVERTISING COVER FOR FIREWORKS, COMBINING THE PATRIOTIC THEME OF JULY 4, 1776, AND A HOT AIR BALLOON. THIS DESIGN IS REPORTEDLY UNIQUE.

Text on the cover notes "Pyrotechnist to the city of Boston, 1850, 1852, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1858, 1859". The text omits 1857, when a mortar exploded during the July 4th festivities, killing three men and a boy.

This would be an excellent companion to a cover offered in the 1993 Piller collection sale (Siegel Sale 748, lot 410) and 2003 Rarities sales, which has a similar design at left, but depicts fireworks at right instead of the balloon.

Ex Haas, "Bull Durham", Gabriel and Conland. Illustrated on the front cover of Siegel Sale 637 in 1984.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000